Saturday, October 14, 2023

The ABCs of 31 Days of Toy Terror: M is for Muck Master from Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob

    At Halloween it's said that old toys and mutant monstrosities make their way back into the land of the living for another scare and today we're receiving a visit from the one and only Muck Master! Yup, the Master of Muck himself is here to cause some Halloween havoc and smash some pumpkins with us. Don't you feel special? You should! I love the Trash Bag Bunch and it's a thrill to dig one of these little guys out every year show off during 31 Days of Toy Terror. Muck Master is one of the villainous Trashors and he looks like a somewhat standard alien augmented some very makeshift weaponry slapped together from a scrap yard. These little guys are so unusual and fun and they're still one of my favorite lines of minifigures ever made. Back in the day they came in little trash bags. You through the trash bag in some water and the effervescent tablet inside caused everything to bubble up, revealing your new warrior. This is another one original to my childhood collection. Let's take a look at the Muck Master after the break...


The Facts:

Height: 2 1/4ths inches

Year of Release: 1991

* Considering we're in a time when we've recently had new action figures of ALF, the Toxic Crusaders, and the kids from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, I truly believe that someday, some company is going to release articulated action figures of the Trash Bag Bunch. 6-7 inch highly articulated and well accessorized warriors of the junkyard, like this guy here. He's only 2 1/4ths inches but Muck Master is a cool looking dude with bright colors, perfectly capturing the feel of the early 1990s. He's probably a mutant but he also looks like an extraterrestrial who crashed on Earth, lost all of his good equipment, and just said "Screw it! I'm replacing my arm with a hammer, grabbing a car door right off the hinges, and I'm going to burn this lace to the ground."

* Muck Master's head is really cool. Again, he kind of reminds me of a standard little green man except that he has three rows of pink eyes with another right on the top of his forehead. Weird!

* Mallets are just very cool, especially when they take the place of your hand. Actually, they might be a bit limited, as it would make every problem you come across seem like a nail. Well, you'd probably have to treat every problem like a nail. Still.... mallet hand. Very nifty. 

* The fact that Muck Master is just toting around a car door as a shield is pretty sweet. It's either a smaller car door or Muck Master is a pretty large guy. Still, I'm not knocking it. It's very creative. Remember Bull from Crash Dummies? He toted around a car door to use as a shield as well. 

   Muck Master is another incredible figure from Trash Bag Bunch. Man, I miss Galoob, don't you? They put out some really fun toys and their Micro Machines stuff was amazing. Much Master just blends creepy and cool together in a way I love and perfectly captures the early 1990s alien craze aesthetic. That was totally a thing! He's a Great and a 1/2 minifigure from one of the most underrated minifigure toylines of all time. Imagine this guy pounding your door down for some Halloween candy? Is there still time for me to make a homemade Muck Master costume for Halloween....

This is the first figure of Muck Master I've reviewed on the site. For more Trash Bag Bunch reviews check out the following:


  1. Cool. I had to look at the year of release (1991) - don't recall these. But very neat.

    1. I loved this line as a kid. Still one of my favorites. The first series is pretty easy to collect with very few uncommon figures. The second series, though? Nearly impossible.


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